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2. The Blues have the league’s worst power play at 10.3 percent.

PREDICTION: Blues 3, Stars 2.


Changing their head coach has not exactly worked out for the Carolina Hurricanes thus far. Now Kirk Muller and assistant John MacLean will try to put an end to their new team’s woes against one of their former clubs as the Hurricanes host the New Jersey Devils on Monday. Carolina replaced Paul Maurice with Muller on Nov. 28 but still is struggling as it began the new regime’s tenure with four straight losses and is 3-6-2 overall since the switch. New Jersey has won five straight meetings with the Hurricanes - including two at home this season - and enters Monday’s matchup with a four-game winning streak on the road.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG Plus (New Jersey)

ABOUT THE DEVILS (19-14-1): Despite its current winning streak against the Hurricanes, New Jersey has lost seven of its last 10 games in Carolina. The Devils, who have won five of six overall, are one of three teams occupying a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference yet to score 100 goals. Ilya Kovalchuk has caught fire, registering seven goals and 16 points in his last 13 games.

ABOUT THE HURRICANES (11-19-6): Carolina has earned at least a point in four of its last five games (2-1-2). It has lost 22 of 30 overall and seven of nine against the Atlantic Division. The Hurricanes have dropped six of their last eight at home but have won two of three. Andreas Nodl has scored a goal in two straight games. The 24-year-old failed to notch a point in his first eight contests with Carolina after being claimed off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 29.


1. New Jersey has won 15 of its last 20 meetings with Southeast Division opponents.

2. The Devils are 10-1 this season in games that go beyond regulation, including an 8-1 mark in shootouts.

3. Hurricanes captain Eric Staal has a league-worst minus-21 rating.

PREDICTION: Devils 4, Hurricanes 2.


There was a time when the Nashville Predators couldn’t buy a victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The times certainly have changed as the Predators look to extend their home points streak against the Red Wings to six games when the Central Division rivals face off at Bridgestone Arena on Monday. Nashville is 3-0-2 in its last five home meetings with Detroit and has won five of the last seven overall matchups between the clubs. The Predators also will be attempting to extend their overall home winning streak to six games. Detroit is 1-2-0 on its four-game road trip and has dropped five of seven away from home. The Red Wings have won 12 of their last 17 overall, but have lost two in a row and three of five.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN (Detroit), FSN Tennessee (Nashville)

ABOUT THE RED WINGS (21-12-1): Ty Conklin received a rare start Thursday at Calgary but fell to 1-4-0 on the season. Conklin, whose five starts and one relief appearance this campaign all have come on the road, hasn’t won since posting a shutout at Colorado in his season debut on Oct. 8. D Mike Commodore also made an appearance Thursday, playing in just his fourth game of 2011-12. The 32-year-old veteran, who had been a healthy scratch for 17 straight contests, had not seen the ice since Nov. 15 at St. Louis.

ABOUT THE PREDATORS (18-13-4): Nashville has won six of its last eight games but has dropped two of three. Pekka Rinne did not fare well in Friday’s loss at Dallas. Rinne allowed three goals on only seven shots before being pulled for the fourth time this season. “He didn’t have a great warmup, and when they got to three, just to change some momentum, I put (Anders Lindback) in there,” Predators coach Barry Trotz explained. Nashville shut down Dallas’ power play, marking the first time in four games it has not yielded a man-advantage goal.


1. The Red Wings have gone 0-for-8 on the power play over the first three games of their road trip.

2. Nashville has won four straight games against divisional opponents, but Detroit has dropped four of five versus the Central.

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